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Junk King Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

Jan 30, 2024 12:18PM ● By Margaret Snider
Larry Alarcon, General Manager of the Sacramento and Roseville Junk King franchises holds the scissors ready for the ribbon cutting.  Others, from left are Jonathan Limu, Junk King Field Leader; Ashley Wilson, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant; and Tiana Dubois, Junk King Business Development Manager. Photo by Bee Lopez

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – The new Junk King franchise for the Sacramento and Roseville areas had a ribbon-cutting with the assistance of the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce at City Hall on January 11.  Bee Lopez of the Rancho Chamber presented a Proclamation from the City to General Manager Larry Alarcon, Business Development Manager Tiana Dubois, and Field Leader Jonathan Limu. 

The quantities and types of items that Junk King is asked to take away are varied.  When removing debris from the grounds of one residence, workers overturned a boat and found a rattlesnake.  “That was a very unusual item,” Alarcon said. 

“Most people don’t know that we can come and pick up just one item or a full truck, and anything in between,” Dubois said.  The most usual items removed are furniture and refrigerators.  The only thing not accepted is hazardous waste.  

“If we do an office cleanout, sometimes it’s difficult if it’s in tight spaces where we can’t get the larger items out,” Alarcon said.  “So our guys have learned to break down the items so that we can remove them without damaging any walls, flooring, doors, walkways, anything like that.”

The company can do a whole house cleanout, and the customer, of course, decides what goes and what stays.  “We’ll generally reserve a few trucks for that job so that they can fill one up and then one of the teams can take it to the dump while they’re filling the next one,” said Dubois.  That keeps the job moving quickly.

The mother company of Junk King started up in 2005 in the Bay Area and quickly grew to over 100 franchises across the United States and Canada.  This local franchise has six trucks, all 18 cubic yards capacity.  “We’re a full-service junk hauling company,” Dubois said. “We will move it out of your space and sweep up after.”  At least 60% of everything hauled away is recycled or donated.

The process for getting your junk hauled away is simple, as stated on their website, where you can book online at “(1) You pick a date and a two-hour window.  (2) We call you 15 minutes before arrival.  (3) If you agree to our price, we take your junk.  It is estimated that 90% of the time we can take your junk immediately.”  To schedule a pickup by phone you would call 888-888-junk (5865).  

Junk King also works in conjunction with cities in the Sacramento area to clean up homeless encampment sites.  There have been several instances in the Rancho Cordova area “where a few businesses have had homeless issues,” Alarcon said.  “We go out and will clean out around the dumpster areas or wherever the items are, and we’ll remove it for them.”  The company has worked with the City of Sacramento on that kind of cleanup.  “(We go) through with the truck and a couple of guys are walking behind the truck, and we’re just picking up garbage and throwing it onto the truck.”  They’ve done similar work by the Sacramento River.

“We’re in this for the long run,” Alarcon said.  “We’re here to help anyone and everyone out.”